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Published on April 5th, 2016 | by Greg


Cleanblend: Affordable, Commercial-Quality Blender

The best part of warm weather might be the cold drinks- summer means that you can finally enjoy milkshakes and frappes and best of all… smoothies. Whether you’re aiming for the healthy version of a liquid diet or an adult version for a day on the beach, you’ll need a way to crush all that ice to make your drinks nicely-textured. High power blenders have been around for a long time, but have traditionally been limited to restaurants and retailers that need the power- and can afford the big pricetags.

The Cleandblend Blender takes a heavy-duty commercial motor (three horsepower, 1800-watt) but puts it in a package that is designed for the home consumer. It’s got the shatterproof, near-unbreakable BPA-free plastic container and a tamper to help you push everything into the blades. The controls are simple, but offer variable power levels and a pulse mode. They don’t offer a lot of different models, and not even a variety of colors- just the one, and your options are black, black, or black. And the jar is plastic instead of glass, but that cuts down on weight, is more durable, and it’s what the pros use too.

The Cleanblend is fairly tall, so make sure you measure your counters/cabinets to make sure that it can fit in your kitchen. It’s pretty loud, because it’s so powerful- and while you could opt for a model with a silencing enclosure, you could also just make sure you don’t blend first thing in the morning (or at least make sure that your roommates, neighbors, or children are awake first). And there are some rough edges: literally. The container had a edge that was a bit sharp, and the lid isn’t as well sealed as some models you may have used. And the Cleanblend doesn’t pour as smoothly as some. Finally, a bit ironically, it’s not dishwasher-safe- but that’s not unusual and you can clean blenders easily by adding some hot water and a bit of soap and running the unit for a moment.

That might sound a bit harsh. But we’ve been testing out the Cleanblend at the office and at home, and even in a cafe environment, and it’s held up very well to some serious abuse. Whole fruits, even nuts, have met their match. With a five year warranty, you can rest assured that your blender will last. And there is even an automatic overload protection to prevent against overheating. Best of all, the Cleanblend boasts a price tag that will impress anyone, and it’s available now online and in stores for around $180, a fraction of the high-end models but with similar power and features.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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